If someone is friends with their exes, it could be a warning sign they're a psychopath — here's why

Business Insider | 12/20/2017 | Lindsay Dodgson
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New research has shown that psychopaths are more likely to stay friends with their exes.

It's because they feel they can still get something out of the connection, even after the actual relationship has ended.

Friends - Exes - Psychopaths

You can be friends with exes without them being psychopaths, but it is worth thinking about why they want to keep you around.

People tend to have strong opinions about whether you can stay friends with an ex or not. You may be optimistic about the situation, and are happy to become friends soon after a break up, or you may think that when you cut the chord it means goodbye forever.

Science - Way - Study - Tendency - Contact

It's not an exact science either way, but according to one study, a tendency to keep in contact with exes could be a sign of something sinister.

The research, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, found that how people relate to their ex partners could be a new test for psychopathy.

Psychopath - Someone - Personality - Traits - Encompass

Generally, a psychopath is someone with dark triad personality traits — these encompass psychopathy, narcissism, sadism, and Machivalleanism.

Most of us fall on the spectrum somewhere, but what sets a psychopath apart is a complete lack of empathy. They don't have any sympathy for others, and everything they do is for their own gain or amusement.

Study - Researchers - Oakland - University - Personality

The study, performed by researchers at Oakland University, looked at the personality traits of 861 subjects, as well as their relationship histories. They were asked about their current partners and whether they were friends with exes, then given a questionnaire to determine narcissistic and psychopathic qualities.

Overall, those with the most dark personality traits were more likely to report staying in contact with former lovers. This wouldn't be too alarming on its own, but it was the reasons they gave for the prolonged contact that was most worrying.

Exes - Opportunity

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